ALA Library Fact Sheets
Prepared by the staff of the ALA Library to answer frequently
ALA Professional Tips Wiki
"For over 80 years, staff members of the American Library Association (ALA) Library have provided reference service not only to their ALA Headquarters colleagues but also to hundreds of librarians across the country and around the world. This wiki serves several purposes:
Providing a pathfinder to the rich resources at the ALA website
Gathering our responses to your questions
Enabling the library community to share new resources for getting our jobs done"
Links to LIS journals and newsletters, some offering full text.
A catalog of internet resources arranged by Dewey number. Most LIS topics fall under the 000 section.
“An annotated bibliography of selected articles, books, and digital documents on information technology.” Edited by Roy Tennant; issued monthly.
Internet Library for Librarians
“A portal designed for librarians to locate internet resources related to their profession.” Includes links to many useful, non-LIS resources, as well as sites related to all aspects of librarianship.
Librarians’ Index to the Internet > Librarianship
Open Directory Project: Reference > Libraries > Library and Information Science
A hierarchically organized set of links to information on numerous topics in LIS.
UNESCO Archives Portal
“An international gateway to information for archivists and archives users.” Includes links to archives, finding aids, professional resources, organizations, and more.
UNESCO Libraries Portal
“An international gateway to information for librarians and library users.” Includes links to libraries, professional resources, upcoming conferences, and more.
Acronyms Used by Archivists and Records Administrators
Yahoo! Directory > Reference > Libraries > Library and Information Science
The Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science
Includes LIS-specific acronymns.
Archives Resource Center (ARC)
An information clearinghouse for archivists, with links to associations, institutions, calendars, definitions, guidelines, online exhibits, digital collections, and more.
Ready,'Net, Go! Archival Internet Resources
A meta index of archival resources by the Special Collections Division at Tulane University.
Sub-title: “An Annotated Bibliography on Weblogs and Blogging, with a Focus on Library/Librarian Blogs…” Compiled by librarian Susan Herzog.
Google Directory: Reference > Libraries > Library and Information Science > Weblogs
dmoz: Open Directory Project
Lists blogs relevant to LIS from libraries, groups, and
“A collaborative weblog [aka blog] devoted to current events and news in the world of Library and Information Science.” Frequently updated.
An international directory of library-hosted and library-related blogs.
A search engine "connecting you to 700+ blogs within the library profession..."
Banned Books and Censorship
A mostly annotated directory of online and print resources regarding censorship and free expression.
Banned Books Online
Online texts of censored books, plus links to websites about censorship.
Beacon for Freedom of Expression
Searchable, international databases of censored materials and writings about censorship.
Map Dewey (DDC) Classification to LC (LCC)
Map LC (LCC) to Dewey (DDC) Classification
Copyright and Fair Use
Hosted by the Stanford University Libraries, this site provides background and links on US copyright law and practice.
Digital Libraries: Metadata Resources
Bound by Law? Tales from the Public Domain
Free digital versions of the graphic novel: starring filmmaker Akiko, who encounters the befuddling world of intellectual property, and must determine what copyright and fair use entails.
Maintained by IFLA, this page links to standards and reports for many metadata formats.
UNESCO/IFLA Directory of Digitized Collections
A worldwide catalog of digitized collections and digitization projects.
A digital library and search engine that focuses primarily on the literature in computer and information science. Offers many advanced features, such as searching cited articles and identifying related articles.
DLIST: Digital Library for Information Science and Technology
“An Open Access, cross-institutional repository of full-text electronic resources in the domains of Library and Information Science (LIS) and Information Technology (IT).” Contains primarily North American documents.
DoIS: Documents in Information Science
A searchable, international database of articles and conference proceedings published in electronic format. Of some 18,000 entries, approximately 5000 are downloadable from this site.
E-LIS: E-prints in Library and Information Science
“An open access archive for scientific or technical documents, published or unpublished, on Librarianship, Information Science and Technology, and related application disciplines.” Contains primarily European documents.
OCLC Research Publications Repository
A searchable collection of library science research publications produced, sponsored, or submitted by OCLC Research. Records include metadata in MARC and Dublin Core formats.
Links to 18,000 libraries worldwide, with options to search or browse by country or opac vendor.
Libweb: Library Servers via WWW
A directory of library home pages in 125 countries, organized geographically and searchable by keyword.
Organizations Serving Archivists and Others Who Work with Historical Records
Lists and links to professional archival associations in the U.S.
State Library Websites
Links to all fifty state library agencies.
ALA Mailing Lists
A listing of ALA mailing lists.
Library E-Mail Lists and Newsgroups
Identifies email lists and newsgroups in librarianship, by topic.
Electronic Sources of Information: A Bibliography
Created by Marian Dworaczek, this bibliography covers such topics as electronic publishing, internet-based reference service, and digital libraries. A subject index is linked to the alphabetical listing by author.
Open Access Bibliography (PDF)
Compiled by Charles W. Bailey, Jr., this bibliography identifies more than 1300 English-language writings on the movement to provide free online access to scholarly literature.
Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography
Compiled by Charles W. Bailey, Jr., this frequently updated bibliography presents selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources concerned with scholarly electronic publishing on the Internet. Most sources have been published between 1990 and the present.
Writing for the Web: A Primer for Librarians
“A general introduction to the concepts involved with creating and providing access to web documents,” written by a librarian for librarians.
The Bellydancing Librarian
“By day, she toils as a dedicated information professional… by night, she shimmies to the music of the ney, dumbek, and oud…”
A guide to “mysteries that have settings, plots, or substantial characters in them related to the world of books, writers, archives, and libraries.”
The Fictional World of Archives, Art Galleries and Museums
A compendium of archives-related characters, settings, and plot devices in books, movies, TV programs, and games, toys, and computer software.
Dispatches from a Public Librarian
Scott Douglas shares his observations and stories of "strange patrons, strange tales, and otherwise just strange things."
A Hipper Crowd of Shushers
A New York Times article about librarians. In the Fashion and Style section. Dated July 8, 2007.
Librarians in the Movies: An Annotated Filmography
Identifies films set in libraries, films with librarian characters, and even films with only passing mentions of libraries.
Library Cats Map
A clickable map of libraries with resident cats. The LIS Library owns a related documentary: Puss in Books: Adventures of the Library Cat
Library Cartoons: An Annotated Bibliography
Descriptions of cartoons that feature librarians or libraries. The actual cartoons are not reproduced.
Library Science Jeopardy
Check your knowledge of Library Science
The Lipstick Librarian
"She's Bold!! She's Sassy!! She's Helpful!!"
The Laughing Librarian
Jokes, hilarious real-life stories, satirical bookmarks, and much more.
Peeps Research: A Study of Small Fluffy Creatures and Library Usage
Created by Millikin University librarians Susan Avery (now at UIUC) and Jennifer Masciadrelli, this website illustrates what happens when a bevy of Peeps (marshmallow chicks) visit the library.
Spectacles: How Pop Culture Views Librarians
“The world’s only daily comic strip set in a public library.” The LIS Library owns print compilations of the strip: Unshelved Vol. 1 ; What Would Dewey Do? ; and Library Mascot Cage Match (on order).
Original humor by Biblia (Amanda Credaro) and many links to other library humor sites. See also a print compilation in the LIS Library,Biblia’s Guide for Warrior Librarians
Book History Online: International Bibliography of the History of the Printed Book and Libraries
Maintained by the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands, this English-language database contains citations (from 1990 on) to books and articles on the history of the printed book worldwide. The print equivalent, the Annual Bibliography of the History of the Printed Book and Libraries, is available in the LIS Library.
Library Association Records at the University of Illinois Archives
Information about several library associations represented in the University Archives. The largest collection, from the American Library Association, consists of 2000 cubic feet of material and selected digitized images. It may be searched by keyword or browsed by subject or record group.
PCI: Periodicals Contents Index
An online index to periodicals in the humanities and social sciences. A unique feature of this index is that titles are indexed back to their very first volume, but the last ten years are omitted. More than 70 library science titles are covered, including Library Journal (1876+), Library Association Record (1899+), and American Libraries (1907+).
Indexing Resources on the WWW
Created by an instructor at the University of British Columbia, this site is intended for working indexers and students of indexing.
Directory of Online Resources for Information Literacy
Links to background information as well as many examples of information literacy programs and teaching materials.
LOEX Clearinghouse for Library Instruction
Links to exemplary instructional resources including tutorials, web-based tours, curricula on evaluating information sources, and tips on teaching.
From the Brint Institute, an overwhelming amount of information on KM concepts and products.
Knowledge Management Resource Center
A gateway to KM publications on the web and in print.
Knowledge Management Resource Guide
From the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto, a selective, topically organized guide to writings on both conceptual and applied aspects of knowledge management. Includes links to full text.
Directory of ALA-Accredited Master's Programs in Library and Information
Links to LIS programs in the US and Canada that are accredited by the American Library Association.
LIS Collections on the Web
Links to LIS libraries and collections of LIS-specific pages on general academic library websites.
LIS Studies - Library schools, universities and departments
A global directory of LIS programs, maintained by the Royal Danish School of Library and Information Science Library.
World List of Departments and Schools of Information Studies, Information Management, Information Systems, etc.
Lists “educational programmes in information management, information science, information systems, librarianship and archives. This includes specialist areas such as bioinformatics, chemoinformatics and health information management…”
Museums and the Web
Full programs and full papers from past conferences on-line.
A blog on the latest trends in the world of museum informatics and technology.
Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology
Defines words related to book bindings and the tools and techniques for creating and repairing them. The print equivalent (Matt T. Roberts and Don Etherington, 1982) is available in the LIS Library.
CoOL: Conservation Online
A project of the Preservation Department of Stanford University Libraries, CoOL is “a full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives and museum materials.”
'All the "Cool Quotes" from Ex Libris about libraries, books, and knowledge.'
Brought to you by The Laughing Librarian: 'Quotations for Librarians' Email Signature Files'.
Quotations About Libraries and Librarians
From IFLA, quotations about libraries and librarians arranged by subject and author.
Digital Reference Services
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Compiled by Bernie Sloan, GSLIS, this bibliography covers “online or virtual or digital reference services, i.e., the provision of reference services, involving collaboration between library user and librarian, in a computer-based medium. These services can utilize various media, including e-mail, Web forms, chat, video, Web customer call center software, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), etc.”
Reference Resources: a Subject Tracer™ Information Blog
Pulls together "the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis from the Internet for reference resources." Maintained by Marcus P. Zillman, Executive Director of Virtual Private Library™.
InPrint: Publishing Opportunities for College Librarians
From the Association of College & Research Libraries, this searchable directory covers journals that publish articles by academic librarians. Provides information on acceptance rate, response time, and more. Somewhat out-of-date.
Intended to aid authors in choosing journals in which to
publish, this site offers information on a journal’s influence rankings and
cost-effectiveness, and suggests open access electronic alternatives for
Major Publications by UIUC Library Faculty
Maintained by the LIS Library, this searchable database identifies publications by UIUC Library faculty members, 1997 to the present.
Publishing in LIS: Some Useful Resources
Maintained by the LIS Library, this page points to directories of LIS journals, sources for research and advice on the LIS publishing process, and general guides to academic publishing.
The Researching Librarian
For librarians who need “to perform research for purposes of publication, promotion, tenure, or other reasons,” this site links to “freely searchable citation and full-text databases, funding information, relevant journals, statistics and statistical methods, useful research tools, current awareness sources, and conference papers and proceedings.”
Reviews of genre fiction, biography and popular history books, with multiple options for searching and browsing.
Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database
Includes the full text of more than 200,000 reviews of children’s books, drawn from 33 review sources.
A searchable database of reviews published in Choice, a review journal for academic librarians.
LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe
Search for the full text of reviews in major newspapers, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and other sources. On the left side of the screen, select the "News" search form. Then click on the "Guided News Search" tab. Under Step 1, select "Arts & Sports News." Under Step 2, select "Book, music, movie & play reviews." Under Step 3, enter key words or an author's name. Under Step 4, specify a date range. (Unless the book was recently published, it's a good idea to change the default date limit of last six months to "All available dates.")
Hosted by Thomson-Gale, but not not limited to their publications. Publishes reviews each month of reference sources selected for public, academic, K-12, and digital libraries. The archives are searchable.
UNESCO Observatory on the Information Society
Dedicated to “monitoring the development of the information society towards knowledge societies.” Links to sources worldwide on information access, cultural diversity, infrastructure, and more.
Documentation of the MARC format for bibliographic information, from the Library of Congress.
National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
Most NISO standards are available as free PDFs.
Standards for Archival Description: A Handbook
Presents “technical standards, conventions, and guidelines used by archivists in describing holdings and repositories.”
ALISE Library and Information Science Education Statistical Report
Since 1997, an annual survey of LIS schools, covering: faculty; students; curriculum; income and expenditures; continuing professional education.
American Library Association Office of Research and Statistics
Includes links to statistical reports by ALA and others.
Association of College and Research Libraries: Academic Library Trends and Statistics.
Data on collections, expenditures, personnel, and user populations of nearly 1500 academic libraries in the US. Comparative color charts can be easily generated.
Data on the collections, expenditures, staffing, and service activities of the 123 largest academic and research libraries in North America.
Illinois Public Library Statistics (PDF)
Data from an annual survey of Illinois public libraries, conducted by the GSLIS Library Research Center.
A database of statistics from libraries in 36 (mostly European) countries, sponsored by the European Commission. Cross-tabulations and comparisons can be easily generated.
National Center for Education Statistics: Library Statistics Program
Data from surveys of U.S. academic libraries, public libraries, school library media centers, and state library agencies.
State Public Library Statistics
Links to public library statistics published on state library agency web sites.
UNESCO Statistical Yearbook
Country-level data on book and media production, and libraries, under “Culture and Communication.” Data is absent in many categories.
A well-organized set of links about acquisitions and collection development, including directories of publishers and vendors.
Tools for Serials Catalogers
Links to cataloging documentation and other useful sources.
Library Technology Guides
The latest news, a searchable bibliography, and other information about library automation and integrated library systems.
Top Technology Trends
Once a year, ALA’s Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) asks experts to spotlight the latest technology trends that libraries should be heeding. They are presented here, with links and references for further background.
Free web-based training, provided through the Illinois State Library and regional library systems, for Illinois librarians and their patrons.
“A web-based community helping libraries met their technology and training needs.” Hosted by OCLC.
Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki
Librarians share their success stories.
"Established to give the library community a chance to explore the usefulness of Wikis."
Teen Tech Week Wiki
Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database
Includes the full text of more than 200,000 reviews of children’s books, drawn from 33 review sources, along with more than 1.2 million MARC bibliographic records. Also offers themed reviews, links to authors’ websites, book award information, and much more.
School Library Journal Blog
S-Collection: Children’s Literature Resources & Guides
A service of the UIUC Education & Social Science Library’s School Collection, this page organizes and describes a wealth of electronic and print information sources.
Teen Tech Week Wiki
YALSA Booklists and Book Awards